well, it's down time, the bees are tucked in, let's talk about something besides that stuff down in tailgater
I have an observation hive in my basement with 5 medium frames in it
I loaded a late swarm in it that was small, maybe a thousand bees
trying to nurse them through winter
I wish I could build them up a little but the queen has stopped laying
they're in the house, temps in the 60's
I gave em pollen
I gave em some syrup but stopped because I'm afraid they'll get honey bound, they have plenty of food
how can I encourage the queen to lay
they are dark bees so I guess they have a reputation for wintering on a small cluster
any thoughts from those of you with o-hives?
they are all on one frame and have filled it mostly with food
should I feed some more thin syrup and let then fill that frame and force the to another
all the frames are SC
I think I can get them through our relatively mild winter here but I wish I could build them up some
just rambling, what do you folks think??